Ailing Huard could miss Raiders’ game

  • SCOTT M. JOHNSON / Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

By SCOTT M. JOHNSON

Herald Writer

KIRKLAND – Whether or not Seattle Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard will be available for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders has become a day-to-day proposition. And it appears the decision will come down to the final day.

Huard didn’t practice Wednesday, and coach Mike Holmgren said he was leaning toward not playing the University of Washington product unless he practices by Friday.

“That’s what I’m saying right now,” Holmgren said. “Please, if all the sudden I have a bad dream Saturday night and decide to make the change anyway, don’t say, ‘Hey, you said … ‘”

Huard injured his groin in Sunday’s 37-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and is listed as questionable (50/50) for the game at Oakland. Jon Kitna took the snaps with the first team Wednesday and would start against the Raiders if Huard can’t go.

“We respect both quarterbacks,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “Kitna beat us last year in Seattle and put Seattle in position to beat us here in Oakland. He moved the team extremely well. We respect Jon Kitna a lot as a player and we’re going to prepare for both guys.”

Kitna started 25 consecutive games for the Seahawks before Holmgren benched him two weeks ago.

“I really hope Brock can play – for him, not for me,” Kitna said. “I want to play.”

Huard said he hopes to practice today, but said that Friday was the “big day” in terms of evaluating the injury.

  • Lines of the day: Holmgren and Gruden spent three years together in Green Bay, and they share more than coaching philosophies. Both of them also have similar senses of humor.

    The highlight of Holmgren’s Wednesday press conference came when a tape recorder on the table in front of him began to make a clicking sound.

    “I don’t want to panic anyone, but something’s ticking up here,” said Holmgren, whose team is off to a 2-5 start. “I know we haven’t been real great the last couple weeks, but … .”

    During Gruden’s conference call, he was asked how veteran receiver Tim Brown has managed to stay so good for so long.

    “Well, it’s all coaching,” Gruden deadpanned.

  • Mayes returns: Less than two weeks after a freak pre-game injury, wide receiver Derrick Mayes returned to practice Wednesday.

    Mayes, whose left middle finger was nearly separated at its tip by a Huard pass minutes before the Carolina game, expects to play Sunday – even though he is wearing a cumbersome splint on the injured finger.

    “I’m going to catch better with one hand than most people in this league can catch with two,” Mayes said, “so I don’t worry about that.”

    On the day that he was injured, Mayes was shown on national television arguing with Holmgren in an effort to get onto the field. He had stitches on the finger and suffered a slight fracture, but was pleading with Holmgren to play in the game anyway.

    “I call it inquiring,” Mayes said of the discussion. “I’m going to inquire. It was in the heat of the damn battle. Emotions were going on. It’s probably for the best (not to play) because I was a wreck.”

  • Quick slants: Offensive lineman Marcus Jenkins, whose career highlight was a corralled punt during a training camp-closing drill in August, was released. The addition of Robbie Tobeck to the offensive line, as well as returns to health from Pete Kendall and Frank Beede, made Jenkins expendable. Now the Seahawks are down to 51 players on their active roster, two below the limit. … Defensive end Matt LaBounty practiced for the first time this month Wednesday. He temporarily left the team on Sept. 30 to deal with a family emergency and has missed the past three games. … Gruden said cornerback Charles Woodson could see playing time on offense again this week. Woodson made his second career reception against Kansas City on Sunday in his first appearance on offense this season.
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